Dough balls with garlic butter recipe

Dough balls with garlic butter

My sons love dough balls with garlic butter and while we’re at home, making a batch together was another great way for them to see how food is made.  

They love ordering dough balls with garlic butter when we eat out, so what a lovely way to pass the time and fill hungry tummies too!  

Ingredients for 15 dough balls

300gstrong white flour, plus extra for dusting
3/4 tspsalt
7ginstant yeast
200 mlwater, tepid
15 mlolive oil
30gbutter, room temperature
3garlic cloves

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)

Dough balls with garlic butter


  • Put the flour, salt and yeast along with 150ml of the water in a food mixer with dough hook and mix on a low setting for 3-4 minutes.
  • Slowly begin to add the remaining water and continue to mix for a further 6-8 minutes on a medium speed. The dough should be quite wet and stretchy when pulled.
  • Add a little olive oil to a bowl or plastic container and add the dough. Cover with film and leave in a warm place to rise. You’re looking for it to double in size and this should take roughly an hour.
  • While the dough is proving, place the butter into a bowl and crush the garlic. Combine the 2 and mix with a fork for a few minutes until the garlic is distributed evenly throughout the butter before placing in the fridge until needed.
  • Heavily flour your work surface. Tip out the dough and coat the top of the dough with flour.
  • Without kneading the dough, cut the dough into equal size portions.
  • Making sure your hands are floured, take a piece of dough and start to form the ball by folding the sides into the centre, flip over and place onto a lined and lightly floured baking sheet making sure to dust off any excess flour from the dough ball.
  • When all the dough balls are shaped, leave them for a further 20 minutes to finish proving them.
  • In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 220°C fan/425°F.
  • Bake the dough balls for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Don’t forget to serve them with a generous dollop of your delicious garlic butter!


  • This dough will also work really well for pizza bases and for ciabatta loaves or rolls.
  • Bake these ahead of time and store them in a container with a lid. To re-heat them, place on a baking tray and put in a warmed oven for approximately 5-10 minutes.
Dough balls with garlic butter
Nella Foulds
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